Famous Poets from Ireland

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List of notable or famous poets from Ireland, with bios and photos, including the top poets born in Ireland and even some popular poets who immigrated to Ireland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Irish poets then this list is the perfect resource for you. These poets are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known poet from Ireland is included when available.

List includes Oscar Wilde, Seamus Heaney and more.

This historic poets from Ireland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Irish poets of note?" and "Who are the most famous poets from Ireland?" These prominent poets of Ireland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Irish poets.

Use this list of renowned Irish poets to discover some new poets that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (34 items)
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    Brendan Behan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from Ireland
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    Brendan Francis Aidan Behan was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both English and Irish. He was also an Irish republican and a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army. Born in Dublin into a republican family, he became a member of the IRA's youth organisation ...more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1923-1964)
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: The Quare Fellow
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    Cathal Ó Searcaigh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from Ireland
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    Cathal Ó Searcaigh is an Irish poet, playwright and prose writer who writes in the Irish language. Ó Searcaigh was born in Gortahork, a town in the Gaeltacht region of Donegal, and lives at the foot of Mount Errigal. more

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    • Age: 59
    • Birthplace: Gortahork, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    Cecil Day-Lewis, CBE was a British poet and the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1968 until his death in 1972. He also wrote mystery stories under the pseudonym of Nicholas Blake. He is the father of actor Daniel Day-Lewis and documentary filmmaker and television chef Tamasin Day-Lewis. In his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1904-1972)
    • Birthplace: Ballintubber, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Editor, Poet, Novelist, Writer
    • Credits: This Man Must Die
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    Colm Tóibín is an Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet. Tóibín is currently Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University and succeeded Martin Amis as professor of creative writing at the University of Manchester. He was ...more

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    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Enniscorthy, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Journalist, Novelist, Lecturer, Author, + more
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    Dennis O'Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Poets from Ireland
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    Dennis O'Driscoll was an Irish poet, essayist, critic and editor. Regarded as one of the best European poets of his time, Eileen Battersby considers him "the lyric equivalent of William Trevor" and a better poet "by far" than Raymond Carver. Gerard Smyth regards him as "one of poetry's true champions ...more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1954-2012)
    • Birthplace: Thurles, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    Edward Dowden, was an Irish critic and poet. more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1843-1913)
    • Birthplace: Cork, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet
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    Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Poets from Ireland
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    Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany was an Irish writer and dramatist, notable for his work, mostly in fantasy, published under the name Lord Dunsany. More than eighty books of his work were published, and his oeuvre includes many hundreds of published short stories, as well as ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1878-1957)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England, + more
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Dean Spanley, It Happened Tomorrow
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    Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is an Irish poet and academic born in Cork. more

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    • Age: 73
    • Birthplace: Cork, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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